By a vote of 78-68, the Missouri House has given initial approval of legislation, supported by Associated Industries of Missouri, that would allow workers to work in any place of employment without being required to join a union. The bill, HB 1770, is sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-136). Click here for the roll call vote. The House will vote on the measure once more before it advances to the Senate. That vote will require 82 votes.
“Today the Missouri House joined me in taking a historic step toward true worker freedom,” said Rep. Burlison. “This victory is a crucial step toward removing the obstacles that prevent our State from reaching its full potential as an ideal location for businesses that offer good-paying, family-supporting jobs.”
House Speaker Tim Jones issued the following statement regarding Freedom to Work legislation receiving first round approval in the Missouri House:
“Today my colleagues in the Missouri House joined me in taking a groundbreaking step toward true worker freedom in Missouri. This is an enormous victory for working Missourians as Freedom to Work legislation has now been approved in the Missouri House for the first time. We know this is an important component, as it has been in so many of our bordering states, to our efforts to attract new employers and compete for new jobs that Missouri families need.”